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Improve Your Teaching Abilities

Students learn culturally responsive techniques to prepare for international teaching experiences.

Early Childhood Education: International Education

Offered by: Elementary Education / Early Childhood

SRU's International Education major aims to inspire and empower our future teachers. This exciting program provides opportunities to develop your personal and professional global awareness, deepen your understanding of culturally responsive teaching, and add valuable international teaching experience to your resume. You will also get the eye-opening experience of seeing the world in a completely new way.

Why Choose Early Childhood Education: International Education?

As the cultural makeup of the world shifts, there are an increasing number of jobs available for teachers with international experience. The international emphasis on SRU's Early Childhood Education program gives you greater insight into the growing global diversity and enables you to infuse cultural responsive teaching in a variety of settings.

On both a personal and professional level, the experience of traveling to teach in an international setting can be incredibly beneficial. It will help you grow your independence and self-confidence, and give you the exciting adventure of immersing yourself in a new culture. SRU's International Education major is a great choice for students who wish to enrich their college experience.

What Will You Learn?

Along with learning to see the world in new ways, the International Education program also provides opportunities to:

  • Gain international student teaching experience
  • Learn culturally responsive teaching philosophies
  • Develop awareness and skills to teach in an international classroom
  • Build rapport with families and communities in other cultures
  • Add global experience to your learning

Careers In Early Childhood Education

The International Education program will prepare you to teach in the 21st century. Along with gaining valuable international teaching experience, you will learn how to meet the increasing diversity needs of the modern classroom-including different learning styles, ethnicities, and cultures. These skills will give you an edge when applying for teaching positions locally, nationally, or around the world.

Student/Alumni Spotlight

"Student teaching in Mexico City was one of the best experiences I had during my time at Slippery Rock University. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend a month abroad and to truly immerse myself in a culture different than my own. I learned and grew in more ways than I ever thought I could. I encourage anyone with a passion to teach to take this trip of a lifetime. The challenges and triumphs of teaching children and living in a new country will surely help refine who you are. You gain classroom experience, cultural awareness, and professionalism. I am so grateful for the relationships I formed and the experience I had. I would do it all over again if I could."

- Tesin Gnalian, Class of 2014